Etherington speaking at the NCVO Annual Conference in 2012.
|Chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations|
|Assumed office |
1 February 1994
|Preceded by||Judy Weleminsky|
Stuart James Etherington
26 February 1955
Epsom, Surrey, England
|Alma mater||Brunel University |
University of Essex
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
London Business School, University of London
|Awards||Knight Bachelor (2010)|
Early life and education
Etherington was born on 26 February 1955 in Epsom, Surrey, England and brought up in Mickleham, Surrey. He was educated at Sondes Place School, an all boys secondary modern in Dorking, Surrey.
Etherington has a number of university degrees. He studied politics at Brunel University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1977. He has a Master of Arts (MA) degree in social service planning from the University of Essex, and a MA degree in international relations and diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the London Business School, University of London.
Etherington began his career as a social worker. He worked in that field between 1977 and 1979, and was based in London Borough of Hillingdon. Then, from 1980 to 1983, he was a researcher for a housing trust. From 1983 to 1985, he worked as a policy advisor to the British Association of Social Workers. He spent the next two years as Director of Good Practices in Mental Health, a small mental health charity.
In 1987, Etherington joined the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) as its Director of Public Affairs. In 1991, he was appoint Chief executive of the RNID; he was aged 35. On 1 February 1994, he moved to become Chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). During his leadership, the NCVO has increased its membership greatly: As of February 2016[update] it numbered over 12,000 organisations.
Etherington was a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union and the Chair of London United. He was also previously the chair of the trustees of the Patron's Fund and chaired a cross party review looking at the structure of the regulation of fundraising.
He has been a trustee of Business in the Community, the chair of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee, a member of the Community and Social Affairs Committee of Barclays Bank, former chair of Guidestar UK, treasurer of CIVICUS and chair of CIVICUS Europe, council member of the Institute of Employment Studies, an advisory group member for the Policy Centre at the British Academy and for the Lord Mayor's Trust Initiative.
His government appointments have included the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit. He has also served on the Cabinet Office Performance and Innovation Unit's Advisory Board on the Voluntary Sector and HM Treasury's Cross Cutting Review on the role of the voluntary sector.
In 2017, he authored a report 'Voluntary action: A way forward' which included an extensive range of recommendations for the future of civil society.
In the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours, Etherington was appointed a Knight Bachelor "for services to the Third Sector", and therefore granted the title sir. He was knighted by Anne, Princess Royal (on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II) during a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on 25 November 2010.
In July 2000, Etherington was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) degree by Brunel University. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of the University (DUniv) degree by the University of Greenwich "in recognition of his commitment to higher education and to the work of the university over the past decade".
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